Zelenskyy is calling Putin out.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to sit down and talk things out.
“Good Lord, what do you want? Leave our land. If you don’t want to leave now, sit down with me at the negotiating table,” Zelenskyy said. “But not from 30 meters away, like with Macron and Scholz. Sit down with me and talk. What are you afraid of? We’re no threat to anyone.”
The “30 meters” jab is a reference to Putin’s comically large table (seen below):
Russian President Vladimir Putin huddled with officials to discuss the economic turmoil amid his invasion of Ukraine.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 28, 2022
“I don’t bite. What are you afraid of?” Zelenskyy added, according to the Associated Press. “Any words are more important than shots.”
“[Zelenskyy also] said the world was too slow to offer support for Ukraine and prodded Western leaders to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine to deny access to the Russian warplanes. The U.S. and NATO allies have ruled out the move that would directly pit Russian and Western militaries,” AP adds.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet him, salting the proposal with sarcasm, by apparently referring to recent photos of Putin sitting at one end of an extremely long table. https://t.co/e8C3s1nhbF pic.twitter.com/w0EVqQ5aSk
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 3, 2022